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My wall looks even better with several popcorn pieces that we have
already added this year!
I have done popcorn words for years, originally finding out about them from Building Blocks Literacy Framework for Kindergarten (same as 4 Blocks Literacy Framework). It makes SO much sense to the children and is just tons more fun than saying, "Let's practice our sight words." I do use the real words for these words interchangeably so they don't get in any arguments with their 1st grade teachers ("Well, Mrs. Miner said they were popcorn words, not high frequency words.").
I have a couple of sets at TpT that could either help you build a new spelling program for kindergarten, restructure one you have, or follow along with a mandated spelling program (like Treasures, that I have to do).
I have added a new product that I think will be very helpful to many of my readers. It is called
Building Popcorn Words and looks like this:
It includes weekly cut, build, and glue activities that follow along with my Monkey Popcorn Word Fun Unit. Here are some of my students' completed pages for the first week. (The first week is very easy, it gets progressively more difficult for students as the weeks go on).
Also included in the kit is a pocket chart header and pictures (if you want to make it a pocket chart center, this would come in particularly handy):
But, the most important piece of the kit are the following pieces. The blank word cards are placed on the pocket chart and then the children "build" the words based on what they know about the words they are building (How many letters does the word have? Does it start with a tall letter or a hang down letter?) These boxes correlate with the boxes on the independent center sheets as well.
children and we built them whole group. Below, is how I
have the center set up.
I am posting my free popcorn word template once again because it has been so popular:
Tell me your sight word activities going on in your classroom!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
In case you are unsure, "popcorn words" are merely words that pop up all of the time and are also known as sight words or high frequency words. The one thing I noticed being searched for EVERY SINGLE day is my popcorn template that I provided this summer. I provided this for people to upload and create their own popcorn words for their classroom and make a display that could possibly look like this: